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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 21, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Da Ali G Show (US) Image
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  • Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Summary: Note: Show aired on HBO, thus content contained in this guide may not be suitable for children.The outrageous comedy/reality series stars British chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen, who travels across America in the guise of one of three totally different characters. Cohen's primary alter-ego is Ali G., who calls himself a "hip-hop journalist", but who's really a white rapper-wannabe. When Cohen isn't putting Ali G and his "guests" in unusual and often delightfully uncomfortable situations, he's shedding his yellow gangsta track suit attire and slipping into two other memorable characters: Borat, an impossibly naive TV reporter from Kazakhstan, and Bruno, a gay Austrian fashionista. The series aired under the name 'Ali G in da USAiii' in the UK, on channel 4, were the original show aired. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview, Arts, Music
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 12, 2013
    100
    I laughed so much, I'm sure I hurt something, maybe in my back, or maybe in my front. [16 July 2004, p.121]
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Aug 12, 2013
    90
    As played and imagined by the comic Sacha Baron Cohen, it's wickedly amusing stuff, whether he's asking Sam Donaldson about Nixon's "Waterworld" scandal, former Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates about "The Simpsons," or Patrick Buchanan about the time he was president. [16 July 2004, p.C5]
  3. Reviewed by: Joanna Weiss
    Aug 12, 2013
    80
    It's one thing to look like you have no sense of reality. It's quite another to look like you have no sense of humor. [17 July 2004, p.C1]
  4. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Aug 12, 2013
    63
    The joke remains the same and threatens to wear out, but it's still a kick to see him asking thoroughly ill-informed questions of people who should know enough to walk out on him. [16 July 2004, p.47]
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 12, 2013
    50
    Though Baron Cohen is clever and amusing and quick on his feet, his humor boils down to a few endlessly repeated gambits: malapropisms, misunderstandings, and outrageousness in the guise of innocence. [17 July 2004, p.13]
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 12, 2013
    50
    Mr. Cohen is better served - and better disguised - as the suited, shorthaired Borat. He's reminiscent of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau, a painfully sincere bumbler who gets smashed on wine with the Mississippians on Sunday night before addressing an Oklahoma city council meeting next week. [18 July 2004, p.3]
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Hedgpeth
    Aug 12, 2013
    30
    Frankly, Da Ali G Show, which begins its second season this week, is a huge embarrassment. [18 July 2004, p.8]

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